Regional crime rate takes a dip

CRIME has fallen by 12 per cent across the Thames Valley, the latest figures show.

There were 19,317 fewer crime victims from October 2011 to September 2012 compared to the period the year before, the Office for National Statistics figures released yesterday show.

House burglaries fell by 16 per cent and robberies dropped by 18 per cent. And violence against people crimes fell by 17 per cent and sex crimes by six per cent.

Oxfordshire figures were not available.

Thames Valley Police Chief Constable Sara Thornton said: “These figures reflect the hard work and dedication of all the officers and staff across Thames Valley Police.

“The reductions we have seen in violent crime is a testament to the work we do to police the night-time economies of our busy towns and cities and our commitment to maintaining a frontline presence.”

The survey also showed 60 per cent of residents agreed the force was tackling local concerns.

Police and Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld added: “We will be continuing in our efforts to reduce crime even further and this latest reduction is a strong foundation to build upon.”

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